As you already know, we love to shop for fall. On our collective wishlists are every manner of designer goods — even if our bank accounts don’t really facilitate such a lavish shopping spree. Are you in the same boat? There is a solution for when your wishlist is bigger than your means: It’s time to DIY. We’ve rounded up some great fall styles that fetch a pretty penny in stores, but can be made for a fraction of the cost if you’re willing to invest an afternoon or two in a project. Get the Band of Outsiders/Carven/Saint Laurent look with just a bit of elbow grease and creativity.
Buy: Marc by Marc Jacobs Patched Boyfriend Jeans
Sure to be all the rage this fall, these moto-punk hybrid jeans are really cool.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Annie Boyfriend Jeans, $398 at Shopbop.
DIY: Your Own Patched Jeans
To get this cool and punky look, doing it yourself is super easy. Simply grab some nicely-priced denim and find the iron-on patches that speak to you.
Farleigh High Waist Slim Mom Jeans, $72.36 at ASOS.
Bite Me Embroidered Patch, $3.02
Hand Grenade Embroidered Patch, $3.89
Smiley Face Patch, $3.05
(All available at Rebels Market.)
Potential Savings: $315.68
Buy: Band of Outsiders Sweater
This sweater is so killer, but we have a better idea…
Band of Outsiders Embroidered Eyelash Crewneck Sweater, $375 at Les Nouvelles.
DIY: Drawn Sweater
Use a steady hand and white puff paint to mimic the winky eyelash graphic.
Long-Sleeved Jersey Top, $12.95 at H&M.
Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint in Slick White, $6.68 at Amazon.
Potential Savings: $355.37
Buy: Aurélie Bidermann Wrapped Hoops
These inventive hoops have “DIY me” written all over them.
Aurélie Bidermann Soho Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings, $310 at Net-a-Porter.
DIY: Your Own Wrapped Hoops
Use a dab of glue and your favorite color of embroidery floss to wrap some hoops that need new life.
Mini Gold Knife Edge Oval Hoop Earrings, $6.50 at Claire’s.
DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss in Very Dark Baby Blue, $0.44 at Herrschners.
Potential Savings: $303.06
Buy: Carven Sweatshirt
A cool logo sweat is a must-have, but it comes at a price.
Carven Cropped Sweatshirt, $250 at Shopbop.
DIY: Iron-On Sweatshirt
Instead DIY your own message onto a cheap crewneck.
Melange Sweatshirt, $24.95 at H&M.
Dritz Iron-On Letters Athletic, $4.79 at Joann.
Potential Savings: $220.26
Buy: Eddie Borgo Tassel Necklace
Tassels are really cool, and fine silk makes for an elegant necklace.
Eddie Borgo Small Silk Tassel Pendant Necklace, $160 at Shopbop.
DIY: Tassel Necklace
But these chunky, suede, ready-made tassels are great, too, and ripe for stringing onto your chain of choice.
Fuchsia and Pink Suede Tassel Pendants, $1.79 at Joann.
Shiny Silver Dainty Chain, $2.39 at Joann.
Potential Savings: $155.82
Buy: Kotur Perspex Clutch
This is our pick for an elegant night out.
Kotur Fitzgerald Dragon-Embellished Perspex Clutch, $795 at Net-a-Porter.
DIY: Embellished Clutch
But we’d prefer to personalize it. Just grab this nicely-priced clutch and your stickers/decals of choice, and go to town.
Style London Perspex Clutch Bag, $34.28 at ASOS.
Martha Stewart Crafts Stickers, Golden Butterflies, $4.43 at Martha Stewart.
Potential Savings: $756.29
Buy: Mary Katrantzou Dress
We LOVE Mary Katrantzou’s new minimal direction, and based on the stock quantities of this dress, so does everyone else.
Mary Katrantzou Copelia Embellished Wool Mini Dress, $2,875 at Net-a-Porter.
DIY: Embellished Dress
Instead, grab a frock in a similar silhouette along with some flat-backed rhinestones and glue. Go crazy or add just a bit — the choice is yours.
Take Turns Dress, $88 at Nasty Gal.
Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive, $14.99 at Artbeads.com.
Swarovski 2826 5mm Rivoli Snowflake Flatback Crystal AB, $0.58 each at Artbeads.com.
Potential Savings: $2,760.41
Buy: Stella McCartney Jeans
These jeans are rad and surprisingly versatile, but not cheap.
Stella McCartney Star Skinny Boyfriend Jeans, $465 at Shopbop.
DIY: Sharpie Jeans
For a quick fix, mix denim and permanent marker for embellished jeans that won’t disappoint.
Mid Rise Distressed Skinny Jeans, $24.80 at Forever 21.
FabricMate Chisel Tip Fabric Marker in Black, $5.36 at Amazon.
Potential Savings: $434.84
Buy: Saint Laurent Booties
Studs somehow manage to make booties even cooler than they already are.
Saint Laurent Lulu Studded Desert Leather Boots, $1,195 at Forward by Elyse Walker.
DIY: Studded Boots
Mimic the look with push-through studs (no glue needed!) and a shoe silhouette you like.
Lace-Up Ankle Boots, $34.95 at H&M.
Silver Standard English77 Cone Stud Bag of 100, $3.97 at Etsy.
Potential Savings: $1,156.08
Buy: Sophie Hulme Keychain
We would be honored to carry this little critter around, but it’s a little out of our key chain budget.
Sophie Hulme Textured-Leather Keychain, $175 at Net-a-Porter.
DIY: Googly-Eyed Pouch
Get the googly look with craft eyes and a basic leather pouch.
Creatology Wiggle Eyes, Assorted, $2.99 at Michaels.
Faux Leather Zipper Pouch, $12 at Etsy.
Potential Savings: $160.01